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Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program
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ART Program

The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program is a lasting gift to the many artists, arts educators and students, and arts enthusiasts we are fortunate to have in our community. The program represents a significant part of Susan’s lasting legacy–as a beloved local artist and environmental advocate.

The ART program works to develop and enhance the visual arts through short-term residencies and workshops taught by nationally-established and highly reputable artists who create in a range of media. Past visiting artists include: Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Michelle Ross, Richard Notkin, Katherine Ace, Laura Ross Paul, Tip Toland, Sergei Isupov, Phoebe Toland, Michelle Gregor, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Jason Walker, Mark Abildgaard and Jennifer Rugge.

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2023 Visiting Artist: Kevin Snipes

The Susan Cooley-Gilliom Artist in Residence and Teaching (ART) Program recipient for 2023 is ceramicist and painter Kevin Snipes.

Hosted by Blue Line Arts, Kevin will be offering two hands-on workshops–one in painting, one in clay. Kevin is widely recognized for his extraordinary artistic vision and innovative approach to ceramics and figurative painting. His works seamlessly blend elements of sculpture and storytelling, evoking powerful narratives and emotions.

To see the schedule of events during the residency, click here.

About the Artist

Kevin Snipes is an accomplished American artist known for his ceramic work that blurs the boundaries between craft and art. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Snipes has cultivated a unique artistic style that combines narrative figure drawing, text, and hand-formed porcelain constructions, resulting in multi-layered objects that can be interpreted as paintings.

Snipes earned a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994 and completed his graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2003. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and artist residencies that have contributed to his artistic growth and recognition. These include fellowships at The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, GA; The American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA; Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in New Castle, ME; A.I.R. in Vallauris, France, and C.R.E.T.A. Rome.

Noteworthy accolades in Snipes’ career include the Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana in 2008, the McKnight Residency award from Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN in 2011, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2014. His work has been exhibited extensively both nationally as well as internationally and is featured in prominent collections such as the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA.

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